Air Canada inaugurates Iceland as its newest cool destination

first_imgAir Canada inaugurates Iceland as its newest cool destination Tags: Air Canada, Air Canada rouge, Iceland, New Routes Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Travelweek Group MONTREAL — Air Canada is staying cool this summer with tonight’s inauguration of its newest international destination: Reykjavik, Iceland.Air Canada Rouge flight AC1970 from Toronto to Reykjavik will depart Toronto at 11:25 p.m., marking the launch of this new nonstop service. Toronto-Reykjavik will operate this summer four days a week, while Montreal-Reykjavik will run three days a week.“Iceland’s rugged beauty and intriguing cultural attractions are making it a prime destination for travellers seeking new adventures and Air Canada is pleased to be the only Canadian airline and only Star Alliance carrier in North America to serve the island, providing convenient connections across Canada and the U.S.A.,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at Air Canada. “Iceland is the latest addition to our expanding international network as these new services from Toronto and Montreal are two of 11 new routes being launched this summer.”The new service to Iceland will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with a 136-seat Airbus A319 aircraft offering a choice of Premium Rouge and Economy cabins of service with in-flight internet satellite connectivity throughoutMore news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesAlready this summer Air Canada has begun new services from Vancouver to Frankfurt, Nagoya, Taipei and London-Gatwick, from Toronto to Berlin, and from Montreal to Marseille. Other new routes beginning soon include Toronto to Mumbai (July 1) and Montreal to Tel Aviv (June 22) and Algiers (July 1).last_img read more

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TICO celebrates 20 years 25000 consumers

first_img Travelweek Group Share TICO celebrates 20 years, 25,000+ consumers Posted by MISSISSAUGA — TICO marked its 20th anniversary with an industry reception last night at the Mississauga Golf & Country Club.Attendees included many of the past Chairmen and Chairwomen of the TICO Board as well as the past and present director.TICO CEO Richard Smart said that in its 20 years of operation TICO had helped over 25,000 Ontario consumers.Chairman of the TICO Board, Jean Herbert, conveyed greetings from Ontario’s Minister of Government and Consumer Services Tracy MacCharles. The Ontario government’s review of the Travel Industry Act and Regulation is currently underway.TICO currently oversees more than 2,400 travel retailers and wholesalers in Ontario. At TICO’s AGM earlier this summer MacCharles credited TICO with increasing consumer protection and education within the travel industry.“TICO was designated in 1997 to promote a fair marketplace and to help protect consumers making travel purchases. Over the last two decades, it has served Ontarians with dedication,” she said. “TICO has contributed to a strong travel industry in Ontario by administering registration, inspection, supervision and disciplinarian measures for travel retailers and wholesalers when needed. Twenty years is such an accomplishment and I congratulate you.”More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureTotal contributions to the Compensation Fund over the past year were $2.7 million, up from last year by $378,000. At year-end, the Compensation Fund reflected a balance of $20.6 million, relatively unchanged from a year ago. TICO’s revenues grew over last year by 7% to total $4.7 million, up from last year’s $4.5 million.With the Fund in good standing and a healthy financial future in sight, TICO is also riding a high from its successful consumer awareness campaign, which Smart has referred to as a “key tool in our arsenal”.This summer TICO also debuted its redesigned website, featuring a new travel agent learning centre set up to help TICO registrants understand the requirements of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and Ontario Regulation 26/05.Tools for successful compliance include a video tutorial featuring checklists on Booking, Invoicing, Website & Social Media and Advertising. Another section offers links to Resources and Guidelines, and TICO Tips for Working Capital.center_img Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Tags: TICO << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Canada Jetlines chooses YVR as its primary base of operations

first_img Thursday, February 7, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> VANCOUVER — Canada Jetlines says it will use Vancouver International Airport as its home airport and primary base of operations when it begins flight operations, currently targeted for later this year.Jetlines has filed and received confirmation from YVR that all airport slots needed to operate their initial network using their first two Airbus A320 aircraft will be available.YVR is Canada’s second busiest airport in Canada, serving more than 25.9 million passengers in 2018. It also has over 2.5 million people living within a 30-minute drive.In addition to the desirable location and facilities, Jetlines says it was also attracted to YVR due to its competitive rates and charges. The airport’s ConnectYVR program provides airlines a standard rate structure for landing and terminal fees. This program rewards airlines for efficiency and growing their services at YVR providing further incentive for Jetlines to build their base of operations out of Vancouver, says Canada Jetlines CEO Javier Suarez.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“I am extremely excited to be able to use Vancouver International Airport as our primary base of operations once we launch,” says Suarez. “The Greater Vancouver area population, cost to operate from the airport, and transit accessibility, linked with the enormous tourist attraction that Vancouver has, provides Jetlines with a massive business opportunity. Having launched more than 300 routes in my career with most of them out of primary airports, I have no doubt that the Vancouver Airport will offer Jetlines the opportunity to launch and profitably operate a large number of routes.”As always Canada Jetlines’ ability to service this airport is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.The would-be ultra low-cost carrier, at last check aiming for a summer 2019 launch, has also signed deals with Saint-Hubert airport in Quebec as well as Kelowna and Winnipeg. Its destination wish list, with signed agreements, includes Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerto Plata, Samana and Santo Domingo.center_img Canada Jetlines chooses YVR as its primary base of operations Tags: Canada Jetlines, Vancouver International Airport Sharelast_img read more

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Do Costa Rica crops have a Water Footprint

first_imgNo related posts. A group of experts from the Center for Water Resources in Central America and the Caribbean (Hidrocec), at the National University (UNA), are studying how much water is consumed by Costa Rica’s agricultural sector, the country’s top consumer of the resource.The team’s objective is to determine the sector’s hydrological footprint in order to design alternative strategies for hydrological planning and better water management policies in Costa Rica, and to achieve better hydrological and food security. According to UNESCO’s Institute for Water Education, the water footprint of an individual, business or nation is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual, business or nation.The UNA study covered coffee, rice, banana and pineapple crops from 2008-2011.To calculate a crop’s water footprint, three types of water use are included: “blue water,” “green water” and “gray water.” Green water refers to rainwater collected in the soil and which is absorbed by trees or crops. Blue water is found in rivers, lakes and aquifers, and needs to be transported to be utilized. Gray water is used to dilute contaminants, such as agrochemicals, to levels that are less harmful to the environment. “It’s important to know how much water we are using and which crops use the most,” Hidrocec coordinator Andrea Suárez said. “Confronted with scarcity, it is important to know how much water is used in order to improve efficiency of water use given the effects of climate change.” Hidrocec agronomist Christian Golcher said the study calculates the water requirement per hectare of farmland for each crop.“We calculated an amount of cubic meters of water per ton produced for each crop,” Golcher said. “Although the results of the study have not yet been published, we can say that of the four crops included in the study, rice has the greatest hydrological footprint.”Javier Bogantes, president of the Latin American Water Tribunal, said he is troubled that officials throughout Latin America are allowing the development of large projects that exert extreme pressure on hydrological ecosystems. “Our vision is a systemic one, and the problem with the hydrological footprint, although it’s an important contribution, is that it’s not always viewed from a systemic perspective,” Bogantes said. “For us, an analysis of the water issue has to be systemic, as water functions as a system.” Bogantes said that one of the biggest mistakes in water management is to focus specifically on water use, which refers to the water that is distributed from one place to another, instead of focusing on aquifers, deep underground water sources and rivers. “In Costa Rica, government officials prioritize short-term development that puts at risk what’s most important for the country’s development: water and land,” Bogantes said. He cited as an example excessive use of water in the Caribbean region. “Between Pérez Zeledón and the Caribbean, there are approximately 55,000 hectares of pineapple plantations that are developing without controls. In that type of development, there is no type of hydrological nor ecological planning,” he said. “The same happened with the expansion of banana plantations.” Heavy agrochemical use and excessive water use alter hydrological systems in these regions, he said. Another problem is the amount of water lost to pollution. The amount of water used to produce a crop is less important of a factor, he said.“Urgent planning is needed in Costa Rica regarding which regions are going to continue developing big single-crop projects,” he said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Tamarindo Talk

first_imgDogs need a good loving place to reside when their masters head out of town. MeetKatherine D’Agata, a Tamarindo transplant who had a successful dog walking, boarding and training business in Toronto. Now she has Build A Bond Dog Services, which offers boarding for your dog in the loving atmosphere of her home. She also offers training to build a bond between you and your pet. Call 8434-6263 or email info@buildabond.com.Koi Restaurant at Aqua Discotheque is changing over to an Italian place called That’s Amore. Owed by Gian “Pit” Arcieri from Rome, and manned by a chef from Bologna, the trattoria-style patio restaurant features a new menu of handmade pastas, fresh Mediterranean-style seafood and many other authentic Italian dishes. Yum.Speaking of Italian, Damon Mitchell has opened Pizza & Co. in Plaza Conchal 2, on the bottom floor under CR Paradise. The hours are noon-9 p.m. M-W, and until midnight Th-Su. All the favorites are there: cheese, pepperoni, ham and mushroom, with monthly specials. Delivery available at www.ticotogo.com.  CEPIA is opening a new library to the public at its Huacas location 300 meters west of the Huacas crossing. There will be approximately 2,000 books including textbooks and literature for adults and kids. The hours are M-F, 3-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-5 p.m. Call 2653-8533.–Ellen Zoe Goldenellenzoe@aol.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Costa Rican centrist set for win with no rival

first_imgHistorian and former diplomat Luis Guillermo Solís is set to cruise to victory Sunday in Costa Rica’s presidential runoff election after his sole opponentdropped out of the race.With an insurmountable lead in the polls, Solís’ challenge is to encourage the 3.1 million voters in Latin America’s oldest democracy to actually show up to cast ballots.“Go out and vote,” he says over and over again in his final campaign rallies.As the candidate of the centrist Citizen Action Party (PAC), the 55-year-old opposition candidate was the surprise winner of the first round of the elections on Feb. 2.Solís emerged from last place in the polls to edge out Johnny Araya, the candidate of the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN).Solís’ popularity continued to surge, and by early March a poll showed him with nearly a 45 percent lead over Araya.Humiliated, Araya dropped out on March 5.Recommended: If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…His name remains on the ballot, however, because the constitution prevents him from withdrawing. The PLN, meanwhile, continues to appeal for Araya votes “for dignity’s sake.”Araya’s resignation deals a heavy blow to the National Liberation Party, which has led the past two governments.A third-party presidentWith his path wide open, Solis is set to become the first third-party candidate to win the Costa Rican presidency in 50 years.Power here has traditionally been traded between the social democratic PLN and the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC).“The time has come for change,” said Solís, who left the PLN in 2005 because of its embrace of neoliberal policies, speaking in his closing campaign speech.Solís’ Citizen Action Party, formed to fight corruption and support better income distribution, is only 13 years old.Recommended: Joining the ranks of the hopefulFaustino Desinach, a 54-year-old photographer, says he hasn’t voted in 30 years but will on Sunday “because I believe Luis Guillermo can straighten the boat.”Corruption scandals and rising debts and deficits under outgoing President Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rica’s first woman president, has weakened the old two-party system.Assuming that Solís is elected Sunday to a four-year term, he still will have to deal with a politically diverse Legislative Assembly in which his PAC party is second in strength behind the PLN.“Solís has raised many expectations. If he succeeds in adopting a different style of leadership, with a greater openness to dialogue, he will have the political space to confront complicated problems,” said sociologist Manuel Rojas.Political analyst Jaime Ordóñez said restoring confidence and uniting the country “will require intelligence, character and great serenity.”“We have reached a breaking point,” Ordóñez said. “Our entire state is designed for a two-party Costa Rica that no longer exists.”At 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night, Solís tweeted his last message to supporters before Election Day (round two), saying, “Change is almost here. Let’s make history!” What do Costa Ricans think about the second round? Read our interviews with voters, and catch up on all of our election coverage at hashtag #Elections 2014. Follow Sunday’s vote live at ticotimes.net. Facebook Comments Les deseo muchas cosas buenas para esta semana que comienza.— Johnny Araya (@Johnny_Araya) March 10, 2014 Falta poco para el cambio. ¡Hagamos historia!— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 6, 2014center_img Araya’s last tweet was sent way back on March 10, and said only, “I wish you all great things for this new week.” Related posts:What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? Ex-President Abel Pacheco to back opposition candidate Solís 3 things that happened this week in Costa Rica’s runoff race Costa Rica ruling party candidate Johnny Araya drops out of presidential racelast_img read more

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Honduras buries slain Miss World contestant sister

first_imgSANTA BARBARA, Honduras – A shaken Honduras buried its Miss World contestant and her sister Thursday, after the latter’s boyfriend shot them in a jealous rage, according to police and media reports.Mourners sobbed as coffins holding the remains of Miss Honduras, 19-year-old María José Alvarado, and her sister Sofía Trinidad Alvarado, 23, were lowered into the ground at a cemetery in the northwestern town of Santa Barbara.The violence-plagued Central American nation has been in shock since police found the sisters’ bodies buried along the banks of the Aguagual River on Wednesday and accused Sofía’s boyfriend, Plutarco Ruíz, of killing them the night they went missing a week ago.María José, who won the Miss Honduras crown in April, had been due to fly to London on Wednesday to compete in the Miss World pageant.After forensic analysts in Tegucigalpa examined the sisters’ bodies overnight, authorities returned them for a morning funeral service in Santa Barbara, some 200 kilometers (120 miles) from the capital.Mourners held a dawn vigil for the women Thursday under a white tent outside the family’s house.Under a drizzling rain, a funeral procession then accompanied the caskets to the San Juan Bautista cemetery, where the sisters were buried alongside their father, Óscar.Their mother, Teresa Muñóz, bent over María José’s coffin and broke down in tears.“It’s unspeakable what they did to my granddaughters,” said Sotera Muñóz, the sisters’ 86-year-old grandmother.“That young man had a sick mind,” she told AFP, referring to Ruíz.According to Honduran media reports, police believe Ruíz, who held a birthday party last Thursday at a resort outside Santa Barbara, flew into a fit of rage when he saw Sofía dancing with another man. He allegedly shot her in the head and then her beauty queen sister twice in the back.Police arrested Ruíz and an alleged accomplice, Aris Maldonado, on Tuesday.Police said they seized a Colt-45 pistol and two vehicles, including a white pick-up truck allegedly used to transport the sisters’ bodies some 20 kilometers from the resort to the spot where they were buried.Flanked by a heavy police contingent, 32-year-old Ruíz appeared Thursday in a Santa Barbara courthouse for an initial hearing as a suspect in the crime.On Wednesday, police also arrested the owner of the resort, Ventura Díaz; his wife, Elizabeth Alvarado; and their daughter Irma Nicolle.“We’re interrogating the suspects to see if there were more people involved in trying to cover up the crime,” police spokesman José Coello told AFP.Officials have accused Ruíz of taking his pick-up to a garage after burying the sisters and having it cleaned and repainted. The alleged murderer of former Miss Honduras María José Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofía Trinidad, Plutarco Antonio Ruíz, is escorted to testify before a judge in Santa Barbara, 200 km north of Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 20, 2014. A shaken Honduras held a funeral for the two on Thursday after the sister’s boyfriend shot them in a jealous rage, according to police and media reports. Orlando Sierra/AFPMiss World tribute SundayMaría José, who turned heads with her gleaming smile and wavy chestnut hair, was in her last year of university at the Northern Polytechnic Institute, where she studied computer science.She had participated in beauty contests since she was a young girl.She was also known in Honduras for her work as a model on popular TV game show “X-0.”Organizers of the Miss World pageant, which begins Saturday, said they were “devastated” by the loss of “two young women who were so full of life.”They have announced a tribute Sunday in honor of the slain sisters, and said they planned to donate money to a children’s home in Honduras in their memory.Honduras, a poor country of eight million people, has the world’s highest homicide rate, at 90.4 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012.The United Nations’ special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, warned in July that violence against women was on the rise in Honduras, with a 263.4-percent increase in the number of females killed violently between 2005 and 2013. Facebook Comments Related posts:Miss Honduras María José Alvarado and sister found dead; police arrest sister’s boyfriend Honduran lawmaker arrested in road rage shooting death Honduran lawyer killed, 77th since 2010 Honduras brings homicide rate downlast_img read more

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Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano dies at 74

first_imgMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, an icon of the Latin American left who chronicled the region’s injustices in a career that spanned decades and crossed genres, died Monday at age 74.Galeano, whose 1971 essay “Open Veins of Latin America” is considered by many leftists to be the seminal history of the region, was hospitalized last week in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo, said officials at the CASMU hospital.He had been suffering from lung cancer.Galeano’s work blended various genres, including journalism, fiction, essays and the drawings he used to illustrate works such as “The Book of Embraces,” a collection of vignettes charged with politics and lyrical prose.He was known for chronicling the deep injustices of Latin America, but also for his love affair with the region’s contrasts and culture, including a deep passion for football.Born September 3, 1940, Galeano never finished high school, but learned the writing craft hanging out in Montevideo’s old cafes, he said.He began his journalistic career at 14 years old, publishing a caricature in the Socialist Party’s weekly newspaper El Sol.He went on to become the editor of prestigious magazine Marcha in 1961, working under its founder, Carlos Quijano, to publish authors such as fellow Uruguayan great Mario Benedetti.When Uruguay’s former president Juan Maria Bordaberry dissolved the constitution and installed a military-backed dictatorship in 1973, Galeano went into exile — first in Argentina, where he founded the literary review Crisis, and then in Spain.Throughout this turbulent period of leftist rebellions and brutal dictatorships across Latin America, Galeano continued documenting the region’s turmoils from afar, publishing the first two installments of his “Memory of Fire” trilogy, which narrates the history of the Americas.Embarrassed by his classic in later yearsHe returned to Uruguay after democracy was restored in 1985, and lived to see the leftwing Broad Front (FA) party come to power in 2005.He won the prestigious Casa de las Americas prize twice, in 1975 and 1978, and an American Book Award in 1989 for “Memory of Fire.”But his defining work remains “Open Veins,” which inspired a generation of Latin American leftists and continues to feature on the reading lists of regional survey courses at universities worldwide, translated into more than 20 languages.Its take on the region’s history is summed up in its English subtitle: “Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent.”In the 1970s, the book was banned by the dictatorships in Chile, Argentina and Galeano’s native Uruguay.But that only increased its sway over the left.In the foreword to the 25th anniversary edition, Chilean writer Isabel Allende called it simply “the book with the yellow cover,” recalling how she “devoured” it as a young woman and kept it with her among the few possessions she took when she fled into exile after Augusto Pinochet seized power in a military coup.The book’s sales surged again in 2009 after late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez gave a copy to US President Barack Obama.But in later years Galeano admitted to being embarrassed by the book’s earnest tone.“I wouldn’t be able to read it again,” he told a book fair in Brazil last year.“To me, that traditional leftist prose is extremely boring. I wouldn’t be physically able to bear it. I’d have to be hospitalized.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Former Tico Times photojournalist, painter Julio Laínez dies at 76 Uruguay plan to sell pot at pharmacies slammed Rolling Stones to tour Latin America PHOTOS: Independence Eve Lantern Paradelast_img read more

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Thai authorities kill 7 drug suspects near border

first_img Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   Top Stories Thai police Maj. Gen. Surachet Thopunyanon said investigators who had been tipped off and were waiting at a border crossing for several days caught members of a drug gang as they entered Thailand’s Chiang Rai province. He said the suspects refused to stop and a shootout ensued in which seven were killed.Surachet said police seized 520,000 methamphetamine pills and 70 kilograms (154 pounds) of crystalline methamphetamine and are still hunting for other suspects who escaped the scene, about 735 kilometers (455 miles) north of Bangkok.Myanmar’s state-controlled Kyemon newspaper, meanwhile, said police there seized 73 kilograms (161 pounds) of crystal meth and hundreds of kilograms (pounds) of drug-making chemicals worth 3.14 billion kyat ($3.6 million) in a raid July 9 on a house in the town of Laukkai near the Chinese border.It said nine people were arrested, including the homeowner, a member of the ethnic Kokang minority. Laukkai, 500 miles (800 kilometers) northeast of Yangon, is under the authority of the Kokang.Myanmar traditionally has been one of the world’s biggest producers of opium and its derivative, heroin, but in recent years drug gangs affiliated with ethnic minority groups have also been making methamphetamine in border areas under little control by the state. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The vital role family plays in society BANGKOK (AP) – Thai security forces killed seven suspected drug smugglers from Myanmar early Monday in a gunbattle that was Thailand’s deadliest drug-related incident in three years, police said. Myanmar, meanwhile, reported a major seizure of methamphetamine near its border with China.U.N. and U.S. drug experts say Myanmar, especially Shan state in the country’s east, is a major producer of amphetamine-type stimulants. Thailand and China are large markets for the drug. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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Colombia bids farewell to victims of deadly flooding

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Mourners, many of them wailing and grasping at caskets, had to be held back by police trying to prevent the crowds from entering the town’s cemetery. One woman fainted.The above-ground vaults had been prepared for the burials by gravedigger John Edison Londono, who had worked around the clock since the mudslide.The frenzied pace was an emotional as well as a professional response to tragedy. By stoically losing himself in his work, Londono postponed grieving for 15 of his own relatives who were among the at least 84 dead.“It’s very sad, sad, sad,” Londono told The Associated Press. “But you need to be on your feet, ready to fight, to help bury all of our compatriots.”None of those buried Thursday were among the relatives lost by Londono.The flash flood triggered by heavy rains was Colombia’s deadliest natural disaster since 1999. An unknown number of people remained missing, but authorities said the chances of finding anyone alive buried under the mud were nil.Authorities have turned their attention to providing shelter and assistance to the more than 500 people affected by the tragedy. The goal is to rebuild, but Londono said that might prove difficult, because many longtime residents are ready to leave out of fear of another disaster. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likecenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SALGAR, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of mourners poured into the streets Thursday to bid farewell to dozens of the victims of a deadly mudslide that ravaged this coffee-growing town nestled deep in the AndesChurch bells rang out as a caravan of funeral coaches arrived from Medellin, three hours away, carrying the bodies of the first 33 of 84 people killed in Monday’s flash flood.A military band played Taps as soldiers positioned the caskets in front of the town’s main church, where Bishop Cesar Balbin read a letter of condolences sent by Pope Francis. Several high-ranking military officers attended but President Juan Manuel Santos, who visited Salgar in the aftermath of the tragedy, stayed behind in Bogota to welcome Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Relatives of avalanche victims mourn next to funeral signs in Salgar, in Colombia’s northwestern state of Antioquia, Thursday, May 21, 2015. Some victims of the mudslide, which was triggered by heavy rains in the mountain town early May 18 and killed at least 84 people, will be buried during a group funeral on Thursday. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides) Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Coffee plantations that had been standing for a century were wiped out. Entire neighborhoods were converted into grey moonscapes. The body of at least one victim was carried by the raging current more than 60 miles (100 kilometers) downriver.Londono said the town cemetery could not handle the demands. Although there are 101 above-ground concrete vaults available for burials, he said many of them had been overtaken by mold and moisture and needed to be cleaned out.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Vocabulary test takes away some National Spelling Bee drama

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Two years after vocabulary became part of the bee for the first time, the integration of the test remains a work in progress. While participants and bee officials say it’s made the competition fairer — everyone is tested on the same words — it has taken some of the drama away from the semifinal rounds.Vanya still loves the bee, but she misses the simplicity of the old format, when the semifinals would continue for as long as necessary for the field to be narrowed to about 10 finalists.“Lots of people would like to see people going up and spelling words and seeing how they used to do it, just to spell until everyone drops,” Vanya said. “I’m fine with anything, but spelling till you drop is kind of cool.”Vanya, who’s from Olathe, Kansas, wasn’t entirely surprised she didn’t make the finals last year. She knew her test score could have been better. Spellers were given their own scores, but neither they nor the audience knew how they stacked up.That’ll change this year as bee officials continue to tweak the format. The test scores will be announced and spellers will be ranked heading into the semifinals.Tim Weinkauf, the lead producer of ESPN’s coverage, said he’ll take advantage of that change by showing golf-style leaderboards and highlighting the spellers who can work their way into the finals if someone ahead of them falters. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — For viewers of last year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw.Vanya Shivashankar was one of the stars of the show, heavily promoted in ESPN’s coverage. Her older sister, Kavya, won the bee in 2009, and the smiling, telegenic Vanya was participating for the fourth time, coming off a fifth-place finish in 2013.Vanya breezed through the preliminary rounds and spelled both words correctly in the semifinals. But when the finalists were announced — factoring in scores from a computerized spelling and vocabulary test — Vanya was eliminated. ESPN’s cameras cut to her, but she didn’t show much emotion. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement File-This May 30, 2012, file photo shows Vanya Shivashankar, of Olathe, Kan., smiling as she answers her question during the third round of the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md. Participants and bee officials say the competition is fairer now that kids are tested on what words mean. But it’s also taken some of the drama away from the semifinal rounds. Thirteen-year-old Vanya Shivashankar says she misses the simplicity of the old format, which she called “spelling till you drop.” Now, there are two semifinal rounds, and test scores determine who makes it to the finals. Vanya was eliminated at that stage last year. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) Kimble also said she didn’t think the vocabulary test has ultimately had much influence over who advances to the finals.The 285 participants in this year’s National Spelling Bee have already proven they’re better spellers than 11 million other kids — and to spell at that level, it’s essential to at least have some idea what the words mean. The best spellers can figure out words they’ve never heard before by understanding Greek and Latin roots and languages of origin.In addition to 13-year-old Vanya, this year’s bee has two other siblings of past winners — 12-year-old Jairam Hathwar, whose brother, Sriram, was a co-champion last year; and 11-year-old Srinath Mahankali, whose brother, Arvind, was a popular winner in 2013.Jairam and Srinath will get another shot if they fall short. Vanya is in 8th grade, which means this is her last chance. She insists she doesn’t feel any added pressure.“I’ve been having the time of my life,” she said. “This is something that not many people get to do and I’ve been able to do it so many years, so definitely no regrets.”___Follow Ben Nuckols on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APBenNuckols . The vital role family plays in society “I think it allows for more dramatic moments because there will be those certain kids that are on the bubble,” Weinkauf said.Preliminaries will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, with semifinals Thursday morning and finals Thursday night.One important thing that hasn’t changed in the format: If you miss a word on stage, the bell rings and you’re out.There were drawbacks to what Vanya calls the “spelling till you drop” approach. In 2010, the semifinals were stopped in the middle of a round because too many spellers got words wrong and there was a chance of having too few finalists to fill the 2-hour broadcast window.The bee’s executive director, Paige Kimble, heard plenty of complaints that ending the semifinals that way was unfair.“We’ve certainly had some white-knuckle moments,” Kimble said. “You just don’t know when you go into a round how the kids are going to do.”The vocabulary test, Kimble said, plays a much more important role than making the semifinals more predictable.“I think it’s making the most profound impact exactly where we wanted it to, and that is at the school and local spelling bee levels,” she said. “We’re finding that teachers and students and parents are embracing the acquisition of vocabulary along with the memorization of words for a spelling bee.”last_img read more

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Standoff in Armenia continues no end in sight

first_imgArmenian protesters dance while waving a national flag during a protest rally against a hike in electricity prices in Yerevan, Armenia, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. A standoff between police and demonstrators protesting a hike in electricity prices blocked the central avenue in the Armenia capital on Wednesday for the third day running. (Hrant Khachatryan/PAN Photo via AP) Comments   Share   YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s premier has rejected demonstrators’ demand to annul a hike in electricity prices, a stance that signals no end in sight for the worst unrest the ex-Soviet nation has seen in years.Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan said Thursday at a Cabinet meeting that the protesters, which swelled to more than 10,000 as the heat abated in the evening, are violating the country’s constitution and won’t succeed in bending the government’s will. He said the government could offer compensations to the poor to help cushion the price increase. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help They also called on Yerevan residents to switch off the lights in their apartments for an hour as a sign of protest.Following the failed attempt to end the protest by force, the government appeared to take a wait-and-see approach, and both sides tried to avoid any moves that would inflame tensions.The mood at the rally was peaceful. Bars, cafes and stores brought food and drinks to protesters, and some demonstrators offered them to police.A senior police official praised the protesters for keeping the city clean.At some point, protesters offered officers to play soccer. Deputy police chief Unan Pogosian responded by saying they would take the offer once the standoff ends.___Changes spelling of the Armenian president’s name in line with his office preference.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. His comments came as thousands of protesters continued their round-the-clock blockade of the capital’s main avenue for a fourth straight day and demanded that President Serzh Sargsyan cancel the price hike.Police, who broke up the rally Tuesday only to see the demonstrators return to the streets immediately after, haven’t interfered since then and the protests have gone one peacefully.Hundreds of protesters remained sitting on the road through the day, a barricade of large trash containers separating them from police. Others sought shelter from the sun under trees and umbrellas as the temperature soared to about 40 C (104 F) earlier in the day.Vaghinak Shushanian, one of the protest organizers, challenged the premier to come and face the crowds.“What he says is absolutely irrelevant,” Shushanian said. “They clearly don’t understand the seriousness of our intention to stay here for long.”Eduard Mhitarian, a 22-year old protester, said the protesters will stay on the street until the government meets their demand.“We won’t get tired, we will go until the end,” he said.The bulk of the demonstrators have avoided political slogans, and even slapped a few chants calling for the president to step down. Sargsyan has offered to meet representatives of the protesters, but the demonstrators have refused and pushed for the reversal of the policy.The 17-percent price hike has been approved by the government’s regulatory panel following a request of the nation’s power grid, Electric Networks of Armenia, which is controlled by Russia’s electricity giant, RAO UES.Russia is Armenia’s main economic partner and ally, a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, an alliance of ex-Soviet nations which the Kremlin sees as a top foreign policy priority.Armenia also hosts a Russian military base, and the protests in Yerevan have raised concerns in Moscow.While the Kremlin has played the dispute down, saying it expects the authorities and demonstrators to negotiate a settlement in line with the Armenian law, some Russian lawmakers are alleging that the West could be behind the riots.The protest organizers, mostly young people who have relied on social networks to stage the rallies, have scoffed at such claims. They strongly deny affiliation with any Armenian or foreign political forces.Under the hashtag #ElectricYerevan, the protests became a hit on Twitter. The activists also used creative ways to broaden public support for their cause, handing out leaflets that offered people to “join the struggle from home” by making noise with their utensils from their balconies. Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Carnival quarter revenues up

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Carnival Corporation & plc has reported a two percent increase in revenue for the first quarter ending 28 February from $3.2 billion in the period 2010 to $3.4 billion this year. Despite the jump in revenue the company’s net income fell from $175 million during the quarter 2010 to $152 million this year. The company’s chief executive Micky Arison said that earnings reached the high end of Carnival’s December guidance because of lower unit costs that cancelled out costs of rising fuel prices, which increased by nine percent between this period and the last. “Net revenue yields increased 2 percent (constant dollars) driven by a significant improvement in ticket prices for our European brands,” Mr Arison said.  “We remained focused on managing costs and reducing fuel consumption. “All of which more than offset rising fuel prices during the quarter.” The company is expecting fuel prices to hurt its diluted earnings for the second quarter, predicting a fall from $0.32 per share last year to $0.20 to $0.24 per share. While net revenue yields are expected to rise between 1.5 to 2.5 percent on the previous year. Carnival will also use the second quarter this year to debut two new ships, AIDAsol and Carnival Magic, in Europe. last_img read more

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IATA wary despite passenger growth

first_imgoneworld Tail Fins including Mexicana The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says the industry should remain cautious of two big risks this year, despite starting 2012 with a 5.7 percent rise in air travelers during January compared to the same month last year.Association’s chief executive Tony Tyler explained the rising cost of fuel and the European debt crisis will continue to haunt the industry this year explaining the two factors will hang “over the industry’s fortunes like the sword of Damocles”.For the first month of the new year, airlines saw international demand pick up to 5.5 percent, a number lead by Chinese New Year passengers, according to the Group.Despite political turmoil still taunting the region, Middle Eastern airlines saw the largest growth in January compared to last year with a 14.5 percent increase in international passengers, followed by Latin American carriers with a 7.9 percent rise and Asia-Pacific airlines with a six percent rise.The weak economy did not slow down business for European airlines with a 5.3 percent gain in international traffic while North American and African airlines experienced dips in passenger numbers of 0.3 percent and 3.6 percent.Last year’s quake continued to impact Japan’s domestic count with traffic down eight percent compared to January levels last year while Brazil saw a double digit growth of 10.5 percent.Globally the domestic market picked up 6.1 percent while freight business fell eight percent below January last year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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TG toys with idea of budget carrier

first_imgThai Airways Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W After a strong first quarter, Thai Airways may look at setting up a new budget carrier to tap into the no-frills sector, announced by Thai Airways president Piyasvasti Amranand last week. Focusing on profitable destinations in Asia while reducing some loss making routes in Europe, the flag carrier faces regional competition from rivals like Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, according to Reuters. Mr Amranand said in an interview the airline was joining with Nok Air to study a new ultra low cost airline.”Nok Air will focus on domestic routes and we need another one to tap strong demand from this sector.” As a part of a revamp after losing market share in Asia, the airline still aims to launch its mid-range Thai Smile airline on 7 July. Up a massive 500 percent from last year, rising passenger numbers and yields helped Thai Airways make a net profit of THB3.6 billion for the period January to March.”We are confident we will achieve our profit target of THB6 billion baht this year after a strong performance in the first quarter,” Mr Piyasvasti said. Not sure if the airline will make profit in the usual low season that falls in the second quarter, the president is confident of good earnings in the third quarter.On track to take delivery of three Airbus A380s in late 2012, Thai Airways aims to add another three planes in 2013, expanding its total fleet to 109 planes in the next seven years.last_img read more

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Youth the key for tourism growth WYSTC

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tourism leaders from across the globe have banded together in a bid to motivate more governments and businesses to utilise the potential of youth to boost tourism and global development.Included in the San Diego Declaration signed at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) this week, the movement aims to find alternatives to build on the US$185 billion generating travel industry.According to UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai, youth made up 20 percent of 990 million international tourists travelling in 2011, a market that is both environmentally-aware and more likely to stay at a destination longer.“As such, youth travel has emerged as one of the most promising paths towards a more responsible and sustainable tourism sector,” Mr Rifai said.     WYSE Travel Confederation director general Espen Falkenhaug concurred, adding that youth travel is driving “positive growth” in the industry as a whole.“Research continues to show that young travellers contribute economic, cultural and social value to their chosen destination, as well as being enriched by the experience when they return home,” the director general said. “Their unique experiences combine to make a huge difference in cultural understanding and our aim is to ensure that the San Diego Declaration will continue to advance these essential interactions.” Up to 700 delegates attended the WYSTC this year from more than 63 countries worldwide.last_img read more

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Tourism Fiji spread happiness

first_imgTourism Fiji has revealed its new advertising campaign, as part of the bureau’s new strategic direction to showcase the unique diversity of the Pacific island nation. “Australia is our most important market by far… approximately 55 percent of inbound travel to Fiji comes from Australia,” Mr Hamilton said. The island tourism bureau also has a new director of global marketing, Ken Freer, based in Nadi. Australia’s travel trade and media were introduced to the new promotion by way of a spectacular sit-down dinner at Quay Restaurant in Sydney this week. “We want our sellers to have the flexibility to host their buyers how they should be hosted… that they’re not confined to a two by two booth,” Mr Hamilton said. Tourism Fiji has recently undergone a major overhaul in terms of branding, marketing, website design and new management, welcoming new chief executive Rick Hamilton at the top of the year. The new commercials that have been produced – previewed at the event – feature themes that characterise and exemplify Fiji’s distinctive flavour and warm, openhearted spirit and culture. Fiji Tourism’s Carlah Walton, Rick Hamilton and Ken Freer at Quay Restaurant in Sydney. “We’re also working very hard to incentivise and host buyers from our international markets, looking at subsidies to make it cheaper for visitors from long-haul markets to reach us. “We need to make sure we have local experts in local markets and we need to have a collaborative approach with the trade in order to capitalise on our marketing efforts.” Check out one of the new commercials below. Source = ETB News: P.T. “We’re here to promote tourism, we’re not here to make money.” Tourism Fiji will host the inaugural Fijian Tourism Expo (FTE) at Denarau in early May 2014. The ads were created by New Zealand-based advertising agency, Colenso BBDO, to reflect consumer insight and highlight research that identified Fiji as the ‘Happiest Place in the World’.last_img read more

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AIPA support review of QSA

first_imgThe underlying purpose of the QSA is to ensure that the economic and social benefits stemming from public ownership of the national airline, are still realised, even if privately owned. AIPA suggests that there is an un-even playing field in Australian aviation, with Virgin free to access foreign investment channels that Qantas cannot, due to current QSA restrictions. Source = ETB News: P.T. However, AIPA said it would object to any “unproven forays into Asia”, similar to those pursued in recent years by the Qantas Group, through Jetstar and other subsidiary projects. “So if Qantas management is truly seeking changes to the QSA in order to support its local operations, the local economy, and local jobs, then there is no reason that such a caveat should present a problem,” Mr Safe said.center_img “The only viable policy approach is for the QSA to be reviewed,” AIPA president Nathan Safe said. AIPA said it will recommend legislative changes to the federal government and has encouraged other Qantas stakeholders and management executives to do the same. The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) has revealed it will support amendments to the Qantas Sale Act (QSA), provided new foreign investment streams are directed into Australia.last_img read more

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Carnival takes Aussie kids to sea for free

first_imgCarnival takes Aussie kids to sea for freeCarnival takes Aussie kids to sea for freeCarnival Cruise Line is taking the children of Australia to sea for free in an encore ‘kids sail free’ sale which offers families thousands of dollars in holiday savings.On sale until March 13, 2017, the third and fourth guests in a room will cruise for free on select Carnival sailings from Sydney this year.Fares start from $749* for a four-night cruise to action-packed Moreton Island on Carnival Spirit departing Sydney on August 17, 2017, the equivalent of just $1498* for a family of four – a saving of more than $1278.South Pacific cruises are also available with a ten-night cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu on Carnival Spirit departing Sydney on June 13, 2017, priced from $1099* per person for the first two guests, with a family of four paying just $2198 – a saving of more than $1628.Meanwhile a 12-night cruise to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji, departing August 21, 2017, on Carnival Spirit, is priced from just $1699* per person delivering a saving of nearly $3068 for a family of four.Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said the sale made an already great value cruise holiday even more irresistible to Australian families with meals, entertainment, transport, accommodation and kids clubs all included in the fare.“The only thing better than a fun-filled family holiday on Carnival, is enjoying your holiday with the knowledge that the kids are sailing, eating and playing for free. From our top-deck waterpark to the adults-only Serenity Retreat, Carnival offers fun for the whole family. Cruising is an affordable and easy way for Australian families to spend quality time together while visiting some of the most beautiful destinations in the region,” Ms Vandekreeke said.Carnival’s locally-based ships Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend offer an array of family highlights including:* Carnival WaterWorks™ on the top deck, including the jaw-dropping Green Thunder waterslide – the steepest and fastest water slide at sea – and Carnival’s Twister Waterslide™* A fun new line up of family-friendly entertainment including Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea, 80s Rock’n’ Glow theme nights and life-sized Hasbro, The Game Show classics including Trivial Pursuit and Cluedo* A variety of family-friendly destinations from Pacific Island holidays to short escapes close to home including Tasmania and Moreton Island, as well as longer cruises to New Zealand, Singapore and Hawaii* Scores of interconnecting rooms and quad-share rooms with flexible configurations that include the option of a king bed for Mum and Dad, with two singles for the kids* Free supervised youth programs for children aged between two and 17, as well as a late-night program of activities. Unlike many other cruise lines, all of Carnival’s youth programs are available on port days* Seuss at Sea™ including a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends; a special selection of classic Dr. Seuss books, toys and themed activities; showings of beloved movies such as “The Cat in the Hat” and the Seuss-a-Palooza Parade™ of characters* Family-friendly comedy shows and early broadway-style Playlist Production performances in the main show lounge, featuring the likes of Epic Rock and 88 Keys* Free 24/7 pizza and ice cream* A miniature putt putt golf course and multi-purpose sports courts, plus table tennis* Early dining for families in the main restaurant and supervised kid’s dinners in the International Food Plaza For more information visit www.carnival.com.auSource = Carnival Cruise Linelast_img read more

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Lufthansa offers six new tourist destinations departing from Frankfurt

first_imgSource = Lufthansa Lufthansa offers six new tourist destinations departing from Frankfurt and Munich to escape the winterLufthansa offers six new tourist destinations departing from FrankfurtEilat and Agadir now part of the flight scheduleNew flights to Trieste and Thessaloniki from FrankfurtFlights to Edinburgh and Tromsø from MunichIf you want to escape the foul weather in autumn and winter, you can now book additional and attractive winter destinations with Lufthansa. Because Europe’s leading airline is expanding its offers from Frankfurt and Munich to include six new tourist destinations.Lufthansa now flies from Frankfurt and Munich to Eilat (Ovda), the attractive holiday resort on the Red Sea in the south of Israel. If you’ve had enough of winter and snow, Lufthansa will take you to this sunshine paradise four times a week (Thursdays and Sundays from Frankfurt and Tuesdays and Saturdays from Munich).Starting this winter, Lufthansa will fly to Agadir (Morocco) every Monday and Saturday from Frankfurt and every Sunday from Munich. Agadir is located on the southern Atlantic coast of Morocco, in the foothills of the Anti-Atlas mountains. The capital of the province of Agadir Ida-Ou Tanane is a popular holiday destination featuring golf courses and endless beaches.Trieste (Italy), the capital of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia in the north-east of Italy, is considered one of the literary capitals of Europe, and its many ethnic and religious groups have earned it the moniker of ‘early New York’. From the start of the winter, you can fly there with Lufthansa twelve times a week departing from Frankfurt.From winter 2018, Lufthansa once again offers flights to Thessaloniki (Greece) from Frankfurt. The town is the ideal starting point for hikes and explorations of the north of Greece, and it is the transit airport for onward travel to Chalkidiki in the south east.Edinburgh (United Kingdom) is the new European destination from Munich. From December 2018, Lufthansa will fly to the Scottish capital on Tuesdays and Saturdays, in addition to the existing Frankfurt route. Edinburgh not only has an interesting old town, it is also the perfect starting point for visiting the Highlands.Munich is also the starting point for another new destination, Tromsø (Norway). The city is an important cultural centre north of the Arctic Circle and is regarded as an ideal starting point for experiencing the Northern Lights.  An Airbus A319 flies to this Norwegian city every Thursday and Saturday. These flights also depart from Frankfurt.The new connection at a glanceFrankfurt (FRA) – Eilat (VDA)Twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays from 28 October 2018)LH670: FRA 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. VDA (Thu)LH670: FRA 10:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. VDA (Sun)LH671:VDA 4:30 p.m. – 8:25 p.m. FRA (Thu)LH671:VDA 5:00 p.m. – 8:55 p.m. FRA (Sun)Price: from 359 euros including taxes and feesDistance: 3,161 km (1,707 nautical miles)Airbus A320Munich (MUC) – Eilat (VDA)Twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 November 2018)LH684: MUC 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. VDALH685: VDA 4:35 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. MUCPrice: from 349 euros including taxes and feesDistance: 2,861 km (1,545 nautical miles)Airbus A319/A320Frankfurt (FRA) – Agadir (AGA)Twice a week (Mondays and Saturdays from 29 October 2018)LH1328: FRA 11:25 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. AGALH1329: AGA 3:15 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. FRAPrice: from 219 euros including taxes and feesDistance: 2,656 km (1,434 nautical miles)Airbus A320Munich (MUC) – Agadir (AGA)Once a week (Sundays from 4 November 2018)LH2698: MUC 8:05 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. AGALH2699: AGA 12:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. MUCPrice: from 199 euros including taxes and feesDistance: 2,692 km (1,454 nautical miles)Airbus A319Frankfurt (FRA) – Trieste (TRS)Twelve times a week (from 28 October 2018)LH228: FRA 9:05 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. TRS (Mon-Thu)LH228: FRA 9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. TRS (Fri/Sat)LH229: TRS 11:00 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. FRA (Mon-Wed)LH229: TRS 11:05 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. FRA (Thu)LH229: TRS 11:15 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. FRA (Fri/Sat)LH244: FRA 4:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. TRS (Mon/Wed-Fri/Sun)LH244: FRA 4:15 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. TRS (Tue)LH245: TRS 6:20 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. FRA (Mon-Fri/Sun)Price: from 99 euros including taxes and feesDistance: 594 km (321 nautical miles)Canadair CRJ 900Frankfurt (FRA) – Thessaloniki (SKG)Twice a week (Friday and Sunday from 28  October 2018)LH1288: Friday FRA 7:10 a.m. –10:35 a.m. SKGLH1289: Friday SKG 11:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. FRALH1288: Sunday FRA 11:05 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. SKGLH1289: Sunday SKG 3:25 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. FRAPrice: from 149 euros including taxes and feesDistance: 1,542 km (833 nautical miles)Airbus A320Munich (MUC) – Edinburgh (EDI)Twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays from 01 December 2018)LH2580: Tuesday/Saturday MUC 10:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. EDILH2581: Tuesday/Saturday EDI 12:25 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. MUCPrice: from 89 euros including taxes and feesDistance: 1333 km (720 nautical miles)Airbus A319 / CRJ 900Munich (MUC) – Tromsø (TOS)Twice a week (Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 December 2018)LH2458: Thursday MUC 7:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. TOSLH2459: Thursday TOS11:45 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. MUCLH2458: Saturday MUC 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. TOSLH2459: Saturday TOS1:25 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. MUCPrice: from 179 euros including taxes and feesDistance: 2407 km (1300 nautical miles)Airbus A319last_img read more

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